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Belarus Looking Like The Real Deal

13 June 2015
EUROBASKET WOMEN 2015
7. Birsel Vardarli Demirmen (Turkey), 12. Lindsey Harding (Belarus)
Lindsey Harding and Belarus allowed Turkey no easy shots

The excitement around the potential of Belarus in the EuroBasket Women Final Round is growing with every day that passes.

Anatoli Buyalski and his team are making people sit up and take notice after they stayed perfect in Group B with an impressive 67-52 lockdown of FIBA World Championship For Women semi-finalists Turkey.

"It was a hard game physically because they have strong players, but we fought and didn't let them score easy points," declared Katsiaryna Snytsina who added 14 points.

"I don't think they even had one easy shot."

Meanwhile Buyalski was also thrilled with his side's approach offensively as they controlled the tempo.

He added, "It was a difficult game, particularly emotionally.

"But I think Turkey were more nervous than us and we managed to play at our speed and not the run and gun they like."

Also in Oradea on the third day of action, there was a sense of déjà vu as Greece again overcame a pedestrian start to come from behind and dig out a win.

This time they found themselves down by double-digits against Poland, but a double-double of 12 points and 10 boards by Artemis Spanou helped them clinch a 59-50 success as George Dikeoulakos came out on top against Jacek Winnicki, who he recently succeeded as Fenerbahce play-caller.

One of the most dramatic games so far of the competition came in Sopron where Slovak Republic almost completed a dream start by taking down reigning champions Spain. Having won their first couple of games, they came close to posting a major shock, but were edged out 82-81 as Alba Torrens scored 20 points for Spain.

Hungary were left ruing a poor second quarter which cost them dearly as they were felled 72-66 by Lithuania who got their first victory of the competition. The co-hosts were outscored 24-8 in the second period and were also undone by a massive 28 points and 12 rebounds from Gintare Petronyte.

8. Gunta Basko-Melnbarde (Latvia)
Gunta Basko-Melnbarde finally gave Latvia reason to smile with a late cameo sealing their maiden win in Szombathely

There was a derby game in Group C as Serbia made a late surge to soar to an 89-72 win against Croatia as Jelena Milovanovic led the way with 18 points.

Earlier in the day in Szombathely, Latvia finally got a win on the board at the third attempt as they beat Great Britain 67-58 thanks to 25 points from Anete Steinberga and some big plays in the last quarter by Gunta Basko-Melnbarde.

Sandrine Gruda kept France flawless as she showed her world class talent with 26 points as Les Bleues rode to a comfortable 85-75 triumph over the struggling Czech Republic.

There was also a glimpse of the future as Olivia Epoupa dished up five assists alongside the player she is eventually looking to replace in Celine Dumerc, who had a sparkling seven dishes.

Finally, Romania looked like they might be in with a first victory on home soil in Timisoara with a tied game and less than three minutes to play against Ukraine.

But they were beaten 78-71 by Ukraine, who pounced in the closing stages to get their first success as Alina Iagupova racked up a stellar 33 points

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